Burundi Beyond the Headlines: Local Perspectives on Economic and Social Developments

November 17, 2015
09:00 am - 10:30 am



About the Event

The National Endowment for Democracy joins the Great Lakes Policy Forum and the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS) to invite you to a conversation on recent social and economic developments in Burundi. Ranked among the most food-insecure and neediest countries on earth, Burundi is experiencing a political crisis that has attracted international attention, and which risks further undermining the socio-economic outlook and recent peacebuilding gains.

Please join us for an update from leaders of two internationally-recognized Burundian organizations supporting community-led development, and sustainable approaches to economic growth and access to services. Deogratias Niyonkuru and Deogratias Niyizonkiza will share their latest updates from their work in rural Burundi, highlight recent socioeconomic trends, and identify priorities going forward.

Deogratias Niyonkuru is Secretary General of ADISCO, a leading community empowerment organization in Burundi and the recent recipient of the King Baudouin African Development Prize for their economic development work. Deogratias Niyizonkiza is founder and CEO of Village Healthworks, a leading integrated health provider, whose work was profiled in the New York Times bestseller The Strength in What Remains. 


  • Deogratias Niyonkuru, Secretary-General, Appui au Développement Intégral et à la Solidarité sur les Collines (ADISCO)
  • Deogratias Niyizonkiza, Founder and CEO, Village Health Works
  • Discussant: Pierre Tantchou, Assistant Program Officer, National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
  • Moderator: Gretchen Birkle, Regional Director, Africa, International Republican Institute (IRI)

Photograph courtesy deepphoto, Flickr.com